ABC is canceling Roseanne Barr’s reality sitcom, The Real Roseanne
Show, which ended up being a real ratings disaster.
In its Wednesday 9 p.m. time slot, where the network was running the show two
episodes at a time, ABC will instead air repeat episodes of George Lopez
and original and repeat episodes of The Drew Carey Show.
Barr’s show about creating and pitching a show was also to have spawned a
cable program, Domestic Goddess. on ABC Family, but the cable channel late
last week axed those plans.
"Production has been shut down and Domestic Goddess will not air," a
network spokeswoman said.
The ABC Family show was originally slated for a Sept. 20 debut that would
have dovetailed the Sept. 17 finale of Real Roseanne, but the cable show
hadn't gone into production yet.
Barr is undergoing a hysterectomy this week and will be out from six to eight
Without any episodes ready for air, ABC Family would have been unable to hold
out through her absence.
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Contributing editor Paige Albiniak has been covering the business of television for nearly 25 years. She is a longtime contributor to Next TV, Broadcasting + Cable and Multichannel News. She concurrently serves as editorial director for entertainment marketing association Promax. She has written for such publications as TVNewsCheck, The New York Post, Variety, CBS Watch and more. Albiniak was B+C’s Los Angeles bureau chief from September 2002 to 2004, and an associate editor covering Congress and lobbying for the magazine in Washington, D.C., from January 1997-September 2002.